Search resumed for plane reported to be in trouble

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A search was resumed Saturday for a plane that witnesses said appeared to be in trouble.

Army and Air National Guard helicopters had searched until late Friday night after receiving signals from an aircraft's emergency locator transmitter. The signals originated northwest of Palmer near Bald Mountain.

Searchers found the transmitter in a parked plane at Wolf Lake Friday night.

Guard spokesman Major Mike Haller said the search resumed about 9:30 a.m. Saturday using three Civil Air Patrol aircraft and an Alaska State Trooper helicopter.

No downed aircraft has been located and no planes are reported overdue, according to Haller. He said the search was continuing because eight people called in to report they saw an aircraft emitting smoke Friday evening. Haller said one caller said the plane was spiraling to the ground.

Major Steve Politsch said searchers planned to continue their sweep of the area until about 7 p.m. Saturday. He said they would then decide whether to continue the search.

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